New Iterations–February Goals

Welcome, my lovely ladies and gentlemen, to my first post of re-stating my goals!!! Boring, I know. But that’s not going to stop me!!! Ha ha.

 

Anyway, as promised, this is a post re-stating my personal goals in light of February. I’ll show my goals for this year with notes applied to this month and how I plan to reach those goals. You can also check out my original goals and how I did with them in January. Thrilling, right? I know. I’m awesome. ;D

 

In February of 2018 I plan to…

  • Drink more water–This month I cutting out absolutely all soda and plan to drink at least 32 ounces of water a day.
  • Grow closer to God–I’d like to stay consistent with my daily Bible reading and pray more often.
  • Save money and buy less–This month, I’m taking a short hiatus from actually saving money. Now, granted, I’m not going on some crazy spending spree but I’m not going to actively try to save back cash for the bank, considering how well I did last month. I’m just taking a break and will pick back up actually saving in March, while this month I plan to just buy a few things and try not to overdo it on either end of the spectrum.
  • Tone up–This month I’m going to try to do fifteen sit-ups and ten push-ups a day, and by the end of the month I’d like to be able to hang for a minute from my pull-up bar.
  • Run more–I want to go for at least two runs a week starting on Sunday.
  • Get and stay organized–I want to re-organize my bedside table and my electronics, as well as keep my surfaces as tidy as possible.
  • Live a more scheduled life–I’m going to schedule several blog posts and writing periods.
  • Read more–I’d like to read at least three novels this month. Honestly, I’d like to read about eight, but as busy as I am that’s probably not going to happen.
  • Improve at music–Starting tomorrow, I’d like to not miss a day of playing piano during the week.
  • Write more–I plan to write at least 4,000 words this month, preferably more, and I plan to finish one of the last scenes in my novel. If I work hard at writing I could easily triple that goal but I’m also a high school student and have other goals I’m trying to work at, so I’m aiming pretty low.
  • Post more on this blog–Like I said, several posts are coming this month, the most notable being a review of The Majesty of Grace, an old childhood favorite.
  • Finish reading the Left Behind series–I plan to at least re-start Glorious Appearing by the end of this month.
  • Eat more healthily–I plan to be pretty good this month and eat within my calorie range on most of the weekdays and some weekends.

 

Talk to me! Do you all set monthly goals? If so, what are they? Do you all enjoy any of my goals, such as reading or running?

 

I’ll be back soon!

–Abby

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A Month in Review: Resolution Recap

Hey, y’all. I can’t believe it’s the end of January all ready! Well, actually I can, hence I’m writing this blog post. Ha ha…that wasn’t funny, I’m sorry.

 

So, I KNOW this post will be extremely dull, especially if you haven’t read the first one, but, unfortunately, that cannot be helped, as my new-year-new-beginnings crazy self all ready told you I would do this. So here I am.

 

This month has been PACKED. As the bells toiled 12 in the AM of January first, I was surrounded by my family and church family. I bought a Fit-Bit on the second. I got back at my school work on the fourth (ugh!). This year my church started something special called Winter Warm-Up. Every Wednesday night a guest speaker preaches. I’ve enjoyed that. During the early weeks of January I survived my semester exams with pretty good grades–I think the lowest grade I got was a 90%. Not too shabby. Then, a few weeks in, I caught a cough. It didn’t start as much, but now, as I sit here typing this almost three weeks later, I have a headache. My chest is congested and my sinuses feel absolutely nasty. If I don’t drink enough water my throat is raw. As you can imagine, fighting a cold-cough combination has taken a lot out of me, so I didn’t get as much done as I would’ve liked. Anyway. On to the recap.

  • On drinking more water and no soda–Ok. I gave up soda completely on the second, but then I accidentally cheated and had a ginger ale (I didn’t know it was soda!) on the third. Then, I, with renewed vigor, tried until my friend Emmy had a going away party for college. I had two cups, maybe, of Dr. Pepper and Pepsi then. Then, when I got sick, I drank a two liter of Sprite over the course of several days, and I’m going to be on a hiatus until March 1st. Hopefully. I’m not one for extensive self control when it comes to my taste buds, as you can tell.
  • On my spiritual walk–Even though I have missed and am making up a couple of days of devotions, I really do feel like I’ve grown in the past month. I haven’t prayed as much as I’d like, either, but I feel closer to God.
  • On saving more $$$$—I have $75 dollars that I scraped together in January to put in my savings account, and only twenty of it came from Christmas. I can only think of about half a dozen things I bought in January–one of them being a FitBit (yay I can check that off my list!)–so I feel like I’ve done pretty good in this category.
  • On toning up–HAHAHAHAHA. I did well for about the first week of January. I exercised and had great intentions. But then I fell behind on my fitness challenges…and thought “eh, let’s do it next month.” In my defense, I did do quite a bit of walking at the beginning of the year and did simple exercises such as push-ups and squats for a couple of weeks. And then I kinda slacked off and then got sick and…nope, didn’t happen.
  • On running–I ran at the beginning of the month and then coughing and running at the same time didn’t seem like an extreme sport I was willing to try.
  • On organization–Actually, I’ve done surprisingly well in this category. I re-organized my bookshelves and most of my closet and fixed most of my room when it was in disarray. It’s a little bit messy now as I haven’t had ANY energy for the past week or two, but ya know. It was a good start.
  • On scheduling–I’ve been doing really well with this and have been using my planner. Go me.
  • On reading–So far this month, I’ve read a total of SEVEN novels and am half-way through a Jack London biography.
  • On music–Well, I passed three of my songs last week at my piano lesson. I guess that’s kind of self explanatory.
  • Write more–I’ve written roughly 5000 words this month, which isn’t a ton, but it’s about where my goal was. I feel like I’ve gotten off to a good start.
  • On Left Behind–Haven’t read any more of this.
  • On blogging–Check my archives, peeps. I’ll let you be the judge.
  • On eating healthily–I ate well for the first part of the month, but for the past two to three weeks, I’ve eaten terribly. I know. I’m a terrible person who doesn’t meet my goals. Shame on mwah.

 

Overall, I’ve not done terribly, but I’ve not been too good, either. I’m blaming that on chest congestion. All its fault ;D

 

As always,

Abby

I’ve been tagged!!! Writer’s Book Tag

Well well well. *grins evilly*

 

Mwah’s first tag. Ha HAAA. Brianna, you have unknowningly unleashed a maniac. BOOKS MWAHAHAHAHA.

 

 

So.  Brianna tagged me in this writer’s book tag. YAY GO YOU BRIANNA. Rule #1 finished.

And, oh, in case you’re wondering….

 

RULE ONE: Shout out to the blogger who tagged you

RULE TWO: Tag three people

RULE THREE: Use the graphic

 

The people I’m tagging: (tagees, maybe?)

Caroline from Of Stars and Ink Stained Things

Brittney from Daughter of the King

Jane from Author Jane L. Knight

 

Now let’s start, shall we?

 

First Draft: A Book Or Series You Have NEVER Read Before:

Ummmmm, so there are LITERALLY MILLIONS? Not counting the gazillions on my to-read list?? I’m going with an easy one which I’ve been wanting to read after I watched the movie again last year….

"The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick (The Academy Award winning movie "Hugo" is based on this book!)

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

I’m gonna read this at some point. I have no idea when, but the movie was EPIC, and the books are always better, as every bookworm knows.

 

Second Draft: A Book Or Series You Didn’t Like As Much The Second Time You Read It:
Oh man, that one’s heavy!!! *thinks for an eternity*. O.O
[Jenkins, Jerry B. and Tim LaHaye.  Left Behind,The Kids: The Vanishings.  Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House, 1998.  Print.]    Jenkins and LaHayes teen series based on their Left Behind books focuses on the teens left behind during the first wave of the biblical apocalypse, after all the true believers disappear from the earth.  Following the biblical story of Revelations, this suspenseful teen story may appeal to readers of apocalyptic fiction.
Left Behind The Kids Book One: The Vanishings by Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye
So, I loved loved LOVED this book the first time I read it, and I still do. But the second (or third, I can’t remember) time I did, I noticed the writing more and…well, it just wasn’t so great like the first time. The first time I got so wrapped in the storyline I didn’t notice the writing….anyway, you get the picture.
Final Draft: A Book Or Series You’ve Liked For A Really Long Time:
Tucket's Travels: Francis Tucket's Adventures in the West, 1847-1849
Tucket’s Travels by Gary Paulsen
I think the official name of this series is the Tucket Adventures, though I’ve only ever known it as Tucket’s Travels. This has been one of my favorites since I was, oh, seven? Eight, maybe? Nearly a decade.

Killing Off Your Characters: A Book Or Series That Made You Cry:
This one is kind of tough because I don’t normally cry for books. I tear up a lot soley because I’m very excited about what’s happening in the book but don’t often actually cry.
Hero by Mike Lupica  http://www.txla.org/TBA-nominees
Hero by Mike Lupica
I did cry at the end of this one, which I read during the summer of 2016. I actually sort of threw it…across my room…and kinda yelled a little bit….
Plot Holes: A Book Or Series That Disappointed You:
Hmmm.
1963
Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am a full-fledged devotee of this series. It is so much better than all the movies, including Weissmuller’s and Disney’s. (Note also that I haven’t completely finished this series…there are twenty-four lengthy novels, not including Burroughs’ related works….at some point I’m going to read the ones I’ve read already and finish the series.) Anyway, after about book seven (pictured above), the plot becomes the same and is extremely predictable, which, at age twelve, I found to be dull. Apparently Burroughs didn’t have the time or the energy to come up with a new plot for each novel and instead placed same-type characters in different areas of Africa in closely related scenarios. It got old, as you can imagine.
Writer’s Block: A Book Or Series That You Haven’t Finished:
This is kind of a rude question, don’t you think???
[ The 39 Clues Series, by Various ]
The Thirty-Nine Clues: The Clue Hunt by assorted authors
Jussst kidding. But truly, I haven’t finished this series, The Clue Hunt, yet. Or any of the other series’ in this franchise. I’m terrible, I know.
Feedback: A Book Or Series That You Would Recommend To Anyone:
The Door Within Trilogy by Wayne Thomas Batson - This inspires me to write a Christian allegory.
The Door Within Trilogy by Wayne Thomas Batson
Now, granted, I’m a little biased. I just finished this series (like literally this week) and….WOW. It’s just amazing, let me tell you. Great dynamic characters, an interesting plot, fascinating allegorical content…this book has it all. Technically it is a Christian allegory, but I would recommend it to Christians and non-Christians alike.  It does have several battle/war scenes and the weensiest bit of romance (it ends in a wedding scene and directly after the wedding they go to war) but I would read it to younger children and it’s definitely good enough for adults to enjoy, too. GO READ IT RIGHT NOW.
Well, that wraps it up. What are y’all’s thoughts???
Have you read any of these?
If so, what did you think? 
As always,
Abby

Resolutions

I’m being a nerd and posting my “New Year’s Resolutions” on January 2nd instead of on January 1st. But, here you are. And, I don’t know if any of you watch Blimey Cow, but yesterday Jordan and Josh posted a video about more or less the ridiculousness of New Year’s resolutions. Thanks, guys. Really gave me encouragement to fulfill my goals. 😉

  • Drink more water–I’m a pop drinker through and through. I love Coke and Pepsi Wild Cherry and Dr. Pepper–you see my problem? Starting today, whenever I get a craving for soda, I’m going to drink something else instead of it, especially water, because, believe it or not, I hardly ever drink just plain water. No wonder I’m tired all the time.
  • Grow closer to God–This year I’m trying to read my Bible every single day without fail and spend some quality time with Him in prayer.
  • Save money & buy less–I have an allowance, I deliver papers weekly, and I walk a neighborhood dog and shovel the owner’s snow. This year, I’m buying a loft bed, a Fitbit, probably a gym membership, maybe some ice skates, and possibly a phone upgrade. And last year I spent a ton between a four-hundred dollar investment known as Spike, a trip to the Mall of America, and a shopping spree in Gulf Shores. And a word processor. Also, I’m apt to impulse buy small items that I don’t need and I really need to stop.
  • Tone up–I wouldn’t call myself very overweight but I’m definitely not slim and trim. This year, I don’t necessarily want to drop any pounds but just tone my muscles and get fit.
  • Run more–Running was a sport that I found out last spring I enjoyed, and it’s a great way to get and stay fit. This year I’m going to try to run as much as possible.
  • Get/stay organized–I hate clutter. I really do. But why is my nightstand covered with it? Especially since I’m moving into my cousin’s room in May, I’m going to try to be a more organized person. The problem is, I have too much stuff, so I guess you could say purging is part of this resolution.
  • Live a more scheduled life–I have a love/hate relationship with schedules., but I really need to schedule my time this year, between writing a novel, running a blog, reading voraciously, trying not to fail high school, and getting fit. I even bought a my first-ever serious planner.
  • Read more–This is kind of an odd goal for me, but I really do need to read more. I’ve hardly finished any books over the last several months, and I have dozens on my shelves waiting to be read for the first time and other at the library. This one is more of a get-off-Pinterest-and-read-a-book type thing than anything else.
  • Improve at music–I can hear Lizzie, my dork of a piano teacher, laughing in the distance. But, seriously, this year I would to practice more this year–again part of the scheduling thing–and really improve my skills and knowledge, especially concerning music theory.
  • Write more–This one is a no-brainer. I’m trying to write one thousand words a week on Though He Slay Me until my goal date, March 31, 2018. Currently I still have three hundred left over from last week along with this week’s thousand, so I’m going to really have to work at this. Nobody ever said writing was easy, did they?
  • Finish reading the Left Behind Series–I started reading the teen version in late 2015 and the adult version in early to mid 2016, which is when I finished the teen version. Last summer I started reading the traditional last book, Glorious Appearing, and never finished it. I also have to read the final sequel, Kingdom Come, and the prequel trilogy.
  • Post more on this blog–Last year I really failed at posting regularly on here, though I had good intentions. This, again, falls into scheduling. Besides my two posts a month already stated in my last post, I’m going to post at least two others a month, one of them being a book review.
  • Eat more healthily–I love unhealthy foods. French fries, ice cream, you name it. This year I want to do what’s best for my body and eat better. Salads and kale, here I come.

I”m going to really have to work at these, and I have a feeling it’s going to be a jam-packed year. Do you all have any big goals this year?

–Abby

2017 Recap

Hello, folks! I intended to post more this holiday season….maybe next year. 😀 Sigh. But, anywho, this will be my very last post this year. WHERE HAS 2017 GONE. Ridonculous, as my bestie would say.

 

In January, I welcomed in the new year with a bang! Just kidding. I was playing Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham and had actually sort-of intended to go to bed earlier but glanced at my phone and it was 12:01. I missed it. Oh well.

 

During the first few months of 2017, I started becoming a history buff, even more so than I had been before. Though I had my struggles in my math class and seldom enjoyed biology, the World History hour was the one I looked forward to.

 

NOTE: I am adding this ten hours later because, for some reason, I completely forgot to add that in March I went to Minnesota for the first time and went to the Mall of America with my family and aunt, uncle, and cousins!!! Truly my brain needs help.

 

In May, I started blogging! Sharing my thoughts and feelings with the internet has became a new enjoyment for me and I’m hoping to continue blogging as much as possible.

 

Also in May, two good friends of mine graduated high school. Sniff. I did cry at the graduation, if you’re wondering. I also left behind my freshman year–no more biology, yipee!

 

In June, my big sister turned 17! We spent her birthday in a AC-blasted car traveling through Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama for a week excursion on the white beaches of Gulf Shores. And then Tropical Storm Cindy hit and we stayed inside for four days out of seven. Twenty-two people in one house–it did go better than I expected, though.

 

In July, I watched an incredible airshow, turned 15, bought my first laptop, and went to my church’s annual Summer Jubilee. I also got hooked on Nancy Drew Mystery Games and shared a short story on this blog for the first time. And I started volunteering as a librarian.

 

In August, I posted my first devotional to speak of. I learned what God wants me to do with my life. And a good friend of mine, who, as afore mentioned, graduated in May, went away to college. SNIFF.

 

In September, I began my sophomore year of high school and watched An Affair to Remember for the first time. And I forced my bestie to watch The Princess Bride and a Star Trek movie. Needless to say, she liked them. AND—I started reading the Ascendance Trilogy! SO GOOD.

 

In the later fall months I took my first hunter’s ed course. We learned everything from how to cradle a gun to how to skin a rabbit. October came and went. I finished the Ascendance Trilogy. AND I ALMOST FORGOT MY COUSIN GOT ENGAGED. I’m a terrible person.  I went to an apple fest–and bought a $15 dollar antique book which I thought might be an original and wasn’t–and almost threw up after coming off one of the rides. Good times.

 

In November, I published an original poem on this blog for the first time. I also went to a pumpkin patch when it was approximately twenty-five degrees outside. On the bright side, there was a zipline. On the downside, I was wearing a skirt. We had a great Thanksgiving dinner, and I finished almost all of my Christmas shopping on ‘Black Friday.’

 

December came…and is still here, for today, at least. I played a song during one of my church’s services, which was the first time in about a year. I participated in my choir’s Christmas cantata. I gave and received many Christmas gifts and had a glorious holiday, complete with snow. And now I’m on Christmas break. YIPEEE.

 

Well, that about sums it up! Next year will be even busier, with my sister and cousin graduating, a different cousin (the one who got engaged in October) getting married, and myself moving into a different bedroom with a roomie for the first time in five years and hopefully starting a summer lawn care business and *DRUMROLL, PLEASE* FINISHING THE FIRST DRAFT OF MY NOVEL, THOUGH HE SLAY ME, IN MARCH! If I stick to my word goals, of course. YAY.

 

What has happened in y’all’s lives this year? Comment down below to let me now!

 

Have a blessed New Year!

 

–Abby

 

Xmas Traditions

Turkey, ham, spaghetti–it varies among every family with what they eat for Christmas dinner. In this post I will be sharing a few of my family’s quirky, odd, or completely normal holiday traditions.

 

THE FOOD

  • On Christmas Eve, we eat junk. It could be Christmas cookies; it could be cold, leftover pizza, but it’s pretty much always junk. And I wonder why I’m chubby.
  • For breakfast on Xmas morning we always have egg souffle, which is like a sausage and egg casserole. I don’t care for eggs, but my family likes it, so, whatever. I go with it.
  • For lunch, we have scamboli/stromboli??? I don’t know the actual term for it. It’s delicous, whatever it is.
  • For dinner, we generally have scamboli and souffle leftovers

 

THE MOVIES

  • On Xmas Eve we generally always watch It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol.
  • On Xmas Day we watch festive movies we haven’t gotten to watch yet or movies that we just got. Sometimes we don’t watch any and just hang around.

 

THE FUN

  • We make gingerbread houses.
  • And many different kinds of cookies.
  • And drive around and look at the pretty lights.
  • We open up a few small presents on the night before, but most during the ‘big day.’

 

THE DECOR

  • We have a lovely little tree that we set up every year unless we get a live tree. I LOVE LIVE TREES. This year we have more furniture so we didn’t have room for a live one…sadness. 😉
  • I have the tree from A Charlie Brown Christmas and it is SO. STINKIN’. CUTE. It’s on top of my piano.
  • My sister and I have matching stockings that my mother made??? for us when we were very young. They also match closely to our tree skirt.

 

What are y’all’s traditions? Comment down below and tell me your favorites!

 

Letting it snow,

Abby

 

 

Abby’s Top Eight Christmas Movies

The most wonderful time of the year isn’t complete without the most wonderful movies!!! To start off my Christmas posts, I decided to share my favorite festive movies and why I like them. They aren’t ranked in any particular order, just the order I think of them, LOL.

 

wonderful life

It’s a Wonderful Life—I’ve only watched this movie, oh, every year that I can remember? It doesn’t get more classic than this. I even saw a professional stage production of it on December 2nd. SO GOOD.

 

home alone

Home Alone—umm, this is a no-brainer

 

 

white christmas

White Christmas–If I had to pick an all-time Christmas favorite, this would probably be it. I watched it all the time when I was little.

 

charlie brown christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas–All the awws. All of them.

 

christmas in connecticut

Christmas in Connecticut–My sister made me watch this movie over and over again until I fell in love with it. But, seriously, it’s a great movie. “Oh, Roberta!” 😉

 

 

elf

Elf–yeah, yeah, I don’t condone Santa and all that jazz but Elf is HILARIOUS.

 

 

an affair to remember

An Affair to Remember–I don’t know if this *technically* counts as a Christmas movie, but there’s a holiday scene, so I’m going with it. You all know how I feel about this one.*grins* *cries*

 

meet john doe

Meet John Doe—Anne’s speech about “the First John Doe” at the end is my favorite.

 

So, anyway, that about wraps it up! Comment down below your favorites and any suggestions you have for Christmas posts!

 

Merry and bright,

 

–Abby